This project departed from the proposal of a group of retired friends who wanted to build an agrarian co-housing in a rural area of the North of Spain close to Meruelo. The project articulates two questions: on the one hand it must enhance social interaction, on the other hand it must integrate with the rural landscape, merging with its natural and agricultural systems. As a result the project proposes three systems which have the capacity to integrate these two questions in a high-quality landscape urbanism proposal.
The first system introduces four North-to-South green corridors to give continuity to the natural systems —water, vegetation and biodiversity— which are present in the landscape. These four parallel green corridors generate a spatial structure with good views, optimal exposure to the sun and wind protection.
The second system introduces the pedestrian circulation through a set of five horizontal streets which, following the hilly topography, organize public space and the position of buildings throughout the proposal. This pedestrian system articulates the social interaction of the entire co-housing.
And thirdly, between these five streets, the agrarian areas are located, generating a system of orchards and gardens where inhabitants can interact with nature through the growth of fruits and vegetables.
Location: Brisas del Cantábrico, Meruelo (Cantabria)
Client: Ciudad Residencial Brisa del Cantábrico Sociedad Cooperativa
Area: 6,8 has.
Project architects: TAAs (Javier García-Germán + Alia García-Germán)
Competition team: Javier García-Germán, Alia García-Germán, Raquel Gutierrez, Agustín Martín Población, Jesús Meseguer, Guillermo Perales, Carmen Rubio
Quantity Surveyor: Emilio Gómez Calero